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Re: C64 gs
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2015, 10:30:02 PM »
never saw one, but have heard of it
its the C64 without the keyboard.
just the cartridge option, so plug in a game and play :)

(GS = Game System)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64_Games_System
« Last Edit: June 20, 2015, 10:33:32 PM by Etienne MacGyver »


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Re: C64 gs
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2015, 12:56:40 AM »
Wow, does it play all 4 cartridge games that were released for the C64 ?




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Re: C64 gs
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2015, 10:48:18 AM »
Wow, does it play all 4 cartridge games that were released for the C64 ?




 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

This is my memory also, I don;t remember anyone having cartridges, so I was amazed to look this up and find so many.
https://www.c64-wiki.com/index.php/Cartridge

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Re: C64 gs
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2015, 11:13:23 AM »
Hah, yes I did the same and I was surprised too, very surprised.

However, it still pales compared to the A8 cartridge list. Just like the design of that system, looks like they took a C64 PCB and ordered a generic box for it.

Atari did better, they at least took the effort to make a very nice looking custom design which even required a complete new PCB design (the angled cartridge slot, keyboard connection and joystick ports already demanded that).

And I'm quite sure that even though the XEGS wasn't actually a smash hit, they definitely outsold the C64 GS .......for a change ;)

Cool thing to own though !!! you actually have one Béla ?
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Re: C64 gs
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2015, 11:29:17 AM »
Mmm, this picture with the ad is interesting, looks like this was a Hungarian cartridge for the system Béla ?

That might be pretty rare then I guess ?

From the text I'm guessing it might be some text displaying program ? maybe for stores etc. ?


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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2015, 12:13:35 PM »
Interesting write up about the C64 gs and as expected, the only thing they did was rotate the cartridge port (ok and change a OS chip I guess).

The article even says that unsold C64 gs-es were brought back to Commodore and turned into regular C64's !!!
Now that's a story that IMHO is even more interesting than the "famous" Atari E.T. dump, but you never hear about such stuff strangely ;)

http://www.infinitefrontiers.0catch.com/CommodoreC64History.htm

Inside pic:


Very nice collectors item !

The system failed for the same reasons the XEGS didn't do very well: old hardware compared to the existing computers (Amiga, ST) and game consoles already on the market. The XEGS had the luck of a really, really big back-catalog of great games AND (surprisingly) Atari actually release a good number of new cartridges for it. Some were totally new games, some were games that used to be (big) floppy-disk only games but now were bank-switched and pushed into a cartridge (normally an A8 cartridge max. size is 16K but they by-passed this limit with some tricks).
Two of these were Ballblazer and Rescue on Fractalus.

IMHO another  big mistake for the C64 gs was making it a 100% cartridge system only, you couldn't turn it into a full C64, no separate keyboard, no ports to connect floppy drives/printers etc.
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Re: C64 gs
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2015, 04:16:32 PM »
No, I dont have the Atari version, saw some for sale, but they were overpriced and in bad condition.
That cartridge is a demo version of some "user" program, not too much info about it. ???